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Latest information on how we are improving the law for renting homes.
Rent Smart Wales will help raise standards in the private rented sector, Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant said today.

As a result of the Housing Act (Wales) 2014, all private landlords must register themselves and their properties with Rent Smart Wales.

Landlords and agents who are involved in letting and management activities will also have to undertake training to apply for their licence.

Rent Smart Wales (external link) is a landmark scheme that will help prevent the involvement of rogue and even criminal, landlords and agents in the management and letting of properties. It will also help to protect tenants in the private rented sector and will support good landlords and agents by helping them keep abreast of their responsibilities and legal obligations, raising the reputation of the sector as a whole.

Private rented accommodation provides a home for many people across Wales whilst also supporting jobs and the economy. The sector now makes up about 14% of the housing in Wales, so as many people are renting privately as they are from social landlords.

The law will be in addition to the regulatory functions local authorities already have within the private rented sector. They can, under the Housing Act 2004, assess housing conditions and improvement works as required; they manage licensing schemes for properties not occupied solely or by families (known as Houses in Multiple Occupation) and also assist with consumer issues including unfair terms, fees, etc.